Butterflies (3 spp.) and the F&WS

MJS323 mjs323 at aol.com
Sat Sep 1 02:11:42 EDT 2001

To the Lep listers;
   Regarding the listing of the Cloudcroft Variable Checkerspot, Euphydryas
anicia cloudcrofti, there was some communication in the the Lep Society News a
few years ago explaining the thinking behind the listing.  My memory of that is
that at the time, there were very few known populations of the butterfly, and
there was some potentially planned development of the community of Cloudcroft
which could impact the best and biggest know population of the butterfly, near
a campground near Cloudcroft.  The decision was made to try to protect the
butterfly because of this potential threat to this population, and the
generally  poorly known status of other populations of the subspecies.  I have
not heard any more info on this study, nor the results of the studies, and am
not aware of any other actions regarding this subspecies.

Mike Smith


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